December 3, 2009

Homework #38

Samuel Taylor Coleridge must have found the inspiration for "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" in Hakluyt's 1600 edition of the real-life sea narrative, The Southern Voyage of John Davis. Although Coleridge did not mention the 200-year-old work in his notes, both "Mariner" and Southern Voyage prominently feature a tale of misfortune resulting from the killing of a bird. They also both feature a rotting ship drifting out of control in the tropics, and a scene of a dying man cursing his fate. Furthermore, William Wordsworth, Coleridge's good friend and occasional collaborator, had an interest in books about actual historical sea voyages, and may have owned a copy of Davis' story.

The author of the passage makes his point primarily by

A. drawing an analogy between literature and seafaring.

B. reinterpreting a classic literary work.

C. paralleling an author's work with the events of the author's life.

D. supporting a claim with circumstantial evidence.

E. disputing a controversial claim of literary influence.